iHV World newsletter - summer 2016
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Summer 2016
iHV World
keeping you up to date with iHV's work in the world of health visiting

In this issue of iHV World:

Director's message

Welcome to the latest issue of iHV World - our general newsletter for all those who are interested in the world of health visiting and iHV's work. And there is so much to share with you.

In September last year, the iHV took over the running of the Ready Steady Mums walking groups to provide health visitors with a proven tool to get mums socialising with a little gentle exercise.  We encourage all those working with mums (and dads!) to get a local group together. And please do let us know about your new groups.

Last December we launched our new website and professional member-only forums. The new website has a more robust search function, easier to navigate sections and is packed full of all the best evidence-based resources to support you in practice. The private forums offer a safe, confidential space to communicate with professional colleagues, share good practice and bounce ideas off each other.

You can now join us to gain access to the vast iHV suite of resources and the professional forums because at the beginning of the year, due to popular demand, we extended our membership to those who work alongside health visitors and who would appreciate access to the resources that we provide for our members. Please see the article in the newsletter below about our new Friends membership.

I hope to keep in more regular touch with you and keep you all updated on the iHV's activities.

Kind regards

Dr Cheryll Adams
iHV Executive Director

iHV News

New chair for iHV
We are delighted to announce our new chair – Pamela Goldberg – a very experienced charity chair and CEO who previously worked for Breast Cancer Campaign. Read the press release.

New iHV Trustee
We have also recently appointed a new Trustee - Sarah Davies.  Sarah has a qualitative research background and works in the commercial sector running her own global company.

New iHV research lead
Finally we have appointed our Research lead – Serena Massimo - who starts with us mid-August.  She has recently been researching for Oxford University with vulnerable groups such as asylum seekers and is also very interested in infant mental health and psychology. She will be leading on developing our new research strategy.

All our new arrivals will play a vital part in the future development of the iHV

Healthy Weight Healthy Nutrition
champions training

How fitting that the first week of July saw the start of the national roll out of the iHV Healthy Weight Healthy Nutrition Champions training during the national childhood obesity week (4-10 July 2016) in Sheffield.

This is a fantastic offer of funded training for health visitors. From summer 2016, we are rolling out a brand new UK-wide training programme, written by a national nutritional expert and endorsed by Public Health England and Health Education England, to create local expert health visitors within every organisation as “Champions” for Healthy Weight, Healthy Nutrition. The training events have been supported by grant funding from the Burdett Trust, thus they are free at the point of delivery to organisations employing health visitors.

Many congratulations to our new Healthy Weight Healthy Nutrition Champions - we look forward to hearing about your local roll out as you cascade and share your new knowledge with your colleagues.

Find out more about iHV Healthy Weight Healthy Nutrition Champions training

New Friends membership
Membership of the iHV is extended to non-health visitors

We receive very frequent requests for non-health visitors to join the iHV.  Following a consultation with our Fellows and Trustees, it was decided that we will extend our membership beyond just health visitors.  This means people working with health visiting teams, for example nursery nurses, school nurses and staff nurses can also join the iHV, also directors of public health, and children's centre workers.  

In extending our membership, the iHV will not change our core purpose, or be able to provide different services for non-health visitors.  However providing this new membership will open up access to our resources for all those who work with health visitors, or who are interested in health visiting. These new members will be termed Friends of the iHV.

As well as our new Friends membership, we also have Health Visitor Associate, Student Associate and Retired memberships available.  As a charity our membership is crucial to how much we can do, especially now the Call to Action has finished and with it some of the funding grants available to us in the past.  

The good news is that our membership numbers stand at over 9000 with more joining daily, an amazing achievement in just 3 years, so thank you all for your support.  The iHV team will continue to work very hard to strengthen our Centre of Excellence for you.
Join us now

Membership benefits

You are part of a rapidly growing professional organisation connecting professionals nationally and internationally.
Access to:

Our good practice points for health visitors (but very relevant to others working with children) which are consistently numbers 2, 3 and 4 most accessed areas on our website.
Our A-Z resource library for health visitors which is number 5 on the list of most accessed areas on our website.

Reduced cost CPD.

Please encourage your health visiting team members and early years colleagues to consider joining us today.


Ready Steady Mums

These "Socialcise" groups are a tremendous way of getting parents together for a walk and a chat - especially now the warmer weather is here.

96% of our members said that there should be more support for mothers wanting to take regular exercise, but 66% said that they did not have the capacity to provide that support and wanted to do more about issues such as postnatal depression.  

Ready Steady Mums provides you with a simple but effective programme to increase your effectiveness in this area as well as building community capacity and boosting physical activity and social health.

As announced in September 2015, Ready Steady Mums is now an iHV-led programme - to provide health visitors (and Friends!) with a proven tool  to help mothers overcome feelings of isolation and depression, while also improving their physical, social and emotional wellbeing.

Do encourage your local mums to come together to set up a group, those that do feel benefits to their social, emotional and physical health - there's handy hints for health visitors and links to support materials on the RSM website. 

Please also share tips for mums to help in setting up a new group with your interested mums - it really is very easy!
iHV Training

We pride ourselves on delivering very high quality and popular contemporary training programmes. Our training portfolio is extensive; covering key subject areas developed by specialists in those fields and can be developed further to suit a specific audience through our bespoke training option.

We have trainers out most days of the week now and the evaluations we receive are superb - sorry, had to share that, we are very proud of what we are achieving!

iHV training available for booking or for local commissioning includes:
  • Multiprofessional Perinatal Mental Health Training
  • iHV Revalidation Workshop
  • Working with Local Authorities
  • Developing Resilience in Health Visiting Workshop
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • Sleep Issues Awareness Training
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Leadership of the Healthy Child Programme
  • Reducing Childhood Accidents

iHV reissues their support of the Baby Friendly Initiative during breastfeeding week

During  breastfeeding week (18-27 June 2016), the iHV confimed that it always seeks to ensure its activities and publications are UNICEF Baby Friendly compliant. We have never and will never take sponsorship from the formula milk industry.


Going International?

The iHV is scoping the opportunities to offer International membership and access to our vast resources on our website.
As such we warmly welcome your ideas from around the world, what would be most useful and beneficial to your own home country….please contact Elaine McInnes with your ideas or comments on
The iHV is a self-funding charity - we can only be successful in our mission to strengthen health visiting practice if the health visiting profession and its supporters join us on our journey. If you are reading this newsletter and you’re not a member of the iHV, we ask you to join us and help us to improve the consistency and quality of the health visiting profession. Associate, Student Associate and Friend membership rates are very modest, please see our website for more details 

We do not accept responsibility for the reliability of the content of the items included in this newsletter and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them.
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